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What does the timer on Houseparty mean? Clock symbol explained

With the Coronavirus lockdown bringing face-to-face socialisation to a halt, apps such as Zoom, Houseparty and Skype were relied upon more than ever before.

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, ‘normal’ life and socialising is set to resume, but Houseparty is surely still going to be used by many.

The app was launched by the same folks that created Fortnite and despite any bad press it may have received in 2020, Houseparty is still going strong.

The Houseparty app can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Many users who have already installed the app are wondering what does the timer on Houseparty mean?

What does the timer on Houseparty mean
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What does the timer on Houseparty mean?

For some app users, the timer or clock icon on Houseparty has appeared next to certain contacts.

According to Reddit users, the timer will show if users have been chatting for over 120 minutes with one another.

If users see a number next to the clock icon alongside a Houseparty friend’s name, this will signify how many minutes they’ve been talking for.

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What about the other Houseparty symbols?

Navigating a new app can be difficult at the best of times. From changing your name to your profile picture to working out what all the different symbols mean, there’s a lot to take in with Houseparty.

If you see a padlock at the bottom of the screen when using houseparty, this means that you can lock you and your friends in a room. This feature is good for private chats.

Add friends to the party by clicking the person with a ‘+’ icon in the top right-hand side of the screen. Turn off the microphone and camera functions via the icons at the bottom of the screen. Clicking the dice at the top of the screen will also enable participants to play games together on Houseparty.

Houseparty around vs online

Houseparty users are sure to notice that there are two kinds of online presence when using the app. ‘Around’ and ‘online’ are slightly different.

If a friend is on Houseparty but their status is set to ‘around’, this means that they’re logged in. But they haven’t chosen to appear as online and aren’t yet available to chat.

Because they’re ‘around’ you can send them a ‘wave’ to get them to join the party. However, you can’t video chat with them straight away as you would with a friend who’s status is ‘online’.

Houseparty expanded from providing ‘face-to-face’ video chat to incorporating games and the app even hosted a virtual three-day festival during the 2020 lockdown which featured artists such as Snoop Dogg and Miguel.

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